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January 10 - January 18, 2012

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Laugh Lines! A big corporation recently hired several cannibals. “You are all part of our team now,” said the HR rep during the welcoming briefing. “You get all the usual benefits and you can go to the cafeteria for something to eat, but please don’t eat any of the other employees.” The cannibals promised they would not. Four weeks later their boss remarked, “You’re all working very hard, and I’m satisfied with you. However, one of our secretaries has disappeared. Do any of you know what happened to her?” The cannibals all shook their heads No. After the boss had left, the leader of the cannibals said to the others, “Which one of you idiots ate the secretary?” A hand rose hesitantly, to which the leader of the cannibals continued, “You fool!!! For four weeks we’ve been eating managers and no one noticed anything, but noooooo, you had to go and eat someone who actually does something!”

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times every second, with each flash carrying over one billion volts. That’s enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for three months! In one short instant, the air surrounding the lightning flash is heated to a temperature five times hotter than the surface of the sun. Lightning will strike the United States about 25 million times this year. Five hundred of those flashes will strike the Empire State Building. • • Scientists maintain that there are about 760 thunderstorms occurring on our planet every hour. Trying to figure out how far away a thunderstorm is? Count the number of seconds between a lightning flash and the following clap of thunder. Divide that number by five to compute the distance to the lightning in miles. • • You’re more likely to be killed by a lightning strike in Florida than in any other state. Over a 10-year period, 74 people in that state died after being struck, with Texas a distant second with 28 deaths. You’ll be pretty safe in Washington, Oregon and North Dakota, where no deaths occurred during those 10 years. • • When strong currents of air carry water droplets up to a height where freezing occurs, ice particles form and grow. They become too heavy to be supported by the air current and fall to the ground as hail. Large hailstones can fall at speeds exceeding 100 mph (160.9 km/hr). Compare that with the speed of a typical raindrop at 17 mph (27.4 km/hr). Cheyenne, Wyoming, averages the most hailstorms in the United State each year, but those in Tulsa, Oklahoma, are the most severe. • • In 1986, a storm in Bangladesh produced the largest hailstones ever recorded; they weighed well over 2 lbs. (1 kg) each. Ninety-two people were killed by the stones. Bangladesh was also home to history’s deadliest cyclone in 1970, with a death toll of 300,000. • • Tornado Alley refers to an area stretching from central Texas to northern Iowa, and across Colorado, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Oklahoma. About 90 percent of U.S. tornadoes hit this region. There are more tornadoes in the United States than any other place in the world, with about 1,000 reported per year. Canada is a distant second, with about 100. • • If you’re a sun worshipper, then Yuma, Arizona, is the place for you! This Southwestern community receives more than 4,000 hours of sunshine a year, making it the sunniest place on earth. Yuma also has the lowest precipitation average in the United States, receiving just under 3 inches (7.6 cm) a year, and its record high temperature is 124˚ F (51˚ C). • • The hottest temperature ever recorded on earth was back in September of 1922 in El Azizia, Libya, when the mercury soared to 136˚ F (58˚ C). The North American record belongs to Death Valley, California, at 134˚ F (57˚ C) in July of 1913. • • Baby, it’s cold outside! How about 129˚ below zero (-89.6˚ C) reached in Vostok, Antarctica, in 1983? Russia gets plenty cold, too, with low temps recorded at -90˚ F (-68˚ C) on more than one occasion. • • Alaska is the coldest U.S. state overall — at least five cities have had low temps dip under -60˚ F (-51˚ C), with Barrow ranking as the coldest city. Down on the mainland, the honor of coldest city goes to International Falls, Minnesota. Neighboring Duluth, Baudette and Hibbing aren’t far behind. Two North Dakota communities, Grand Forks and Fargo, offer some stiff competition with average ...continued on next column

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Week of January 9th ¥ On Jan. 9, 1493, Christopher Columbus, sailing near the Dominican Republic, sees three “mermaids” and describes them as “not half as beautiful as they are painted.” They were in reality manatees. Mythical mermaids have existed in seafaring cultures since the time of the ancient Greeks. ¥ On Jan. 14, 1639, in Hartford, Conn., the first constitution in the American colonies, the “Fundamental Orders,” is adopted. The Fundamental Orders declared that “the foundation of authority is in the free consent of the people.” ¥ On Jan. 10, 1901, a drilling derrick at Spindletop Hill near Beaumont, Texas, produces an enormous gusher of crude oil, signaling the advent of the American oil industry. The geyser flowed at an initial rate of approximately 100,000 barrels a day and took nine days to cap. ¥ On Jan. 15, 1919, two million gallons of fiery hot molasses floods the streets of Boston, killing 21 people and a dozen horses. The molasses burst from a 58-foot-high tank in the heart of the city. An 8-foot-high wave of molasses swept away freight cars, knocked over the local firehouse and pushed over the support beams for the elevated train line. ¥ On Jan. 13, 1939, Arthur “Doc” Barker is shot and killed while trying to escape from Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay. Barker, of the notorious “Bloody Barkers” gang, was spotted on the rockstrewn shore of the island after climbing over the walls and tying pieces of wood together into a makeshift raft. ¥ On Jan. 11, 1973, the owners of America’s 24 major-league baseball teams vote to allow teams in the American League to use a “designated pinch-hitter” that could bat for the pitcher, while still allowing the pitcher to stay in the game. ¥ On Jan. 12, 1984, a panel overseeing the restoration of the Great Pyramids in Egypt abandons modern construction techniques in favor of the method employed by the ancient Egyptians. Restorers stopped using mortar and adopted the system of interlocking blocks practiced by the original pyramid builders.

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Week of January 9th ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A hectic period begins to wind down. Take time to draw some deep breaths and relax before getting into your next project. A longabsent family member makes contact. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You’re eager to move forward with a new challenge that suddenly dropped in your lap. But you’d be wise to take this one step at a time to allow new developments to come through. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You’re almost ready to make a commitment. A lingering doubt or two, however, should be resolved before you move ahead. An associate could provide important answers. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Caution is still the watchword as you move closer toward a decision about a new situation. If you act too fast, you might miss some vital warning signs. Go slowly and stay alert. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your new goal looks promising, and your golden touch does much to enhance its prospects for success. In your private life, Cupid does his best to make your new relationship special. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) That impatient side of yours is looking to goad you into moving before you’re ready to take that big step. Stay calm and cool. Let things fall into place before you act. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A legal matter you hoped could finally be settled could be a pesky problem for a while, until all the parties agree to stop disagreeing with each other. Be patient. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Partnerships -- personal or professional -which began before the new year take on new importance. They also reveal some previously hidden risks. So be warned. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Your associates are firmly on your side, and that persistent problem that has caused you to delay some activities should soon be resolved to your satisfaction. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Favorable changes continue to dominate, and you should be responding positively as they emerge. Someone wants to become more involved in what you’re doing. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A friend wants to share a secret that could answer some questions you’ve wondered about for a long time. Meanwhile, travel aspects continue to be strong. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Stay on your new course despite so-called well-meaning efforts to discourage you. Rely on your deep sense of self-awareness to guide you to do what’s right for you. BORN THIS WEEK: You have the capacity to meet challenges that others might find overwhelming, and turn them into successful ventures. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Lupus Targets Young Women DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I recently tested positive for lupus, about which I know nothing. Please furnish me with some information. -- E.L. ANSWER: Men, children and the elderly can come down with lupus, but the main target group is young women between the ages of 15 and 45. Lupus causes a staggering number of signs and symptoms. No one person develops all, but some have many. Joint swelling and pain; a drop in the number of white and red blood cells; a tendency to form clots in veins; skin rashes; malfunctioning of nerves, the brain and the spinal cord; inflammation of the coverings of the heart and lungs; kidney damage; and an injuring sensitivity to sunlight are the major troubles facing lupus patients. All of this comes about because the immune system declares war on body organs and tissues for reasons not fully understood. Antibodies -- products of the immune system -- are signs of the immune attack. They are useful for diagnosing the illness. When you say you tested positive for lupus, do you mean you had a positive blood test? One frequently used is the ANA (anti-nuclear antibody) test. A positive ANA suggests lupus but is not diagnostic of it. Two other antibody tests, anti-dsDNA and anti-SM, are stronger evidence of lupus. Lupus is a formidable illness, but modern treatment has taken away much of its dread. In the past, it shortened life. Now 80 percent to 90 percent of lupus patients live 10 or more years. Lupus is subject to flare-ups and periods when it greatly quiets down. For flares, the cortisone drugs are put into play. For quiet periods, medicines with fewer side effects are prescribed. The list of medicines available for lupus is large. A new one has just come on the market. The booklet on rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, two similar illnesses, gives a comprehensive view of lupus and its treatment. To order a copy, write: Dr. Donohue -- No. 301W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have seen a specialist for jock itch. I was told there is no cure. Why not? Men in service during the wars must have had this. -- W.K. ANSWER: Men and women in and out of service get tinea cruris, jock itch, a fungal infection of the skin in the groin. Cure is possible. The infected skin is red to brown and has a raised, scaly margin. It’s often itchy. In another part of your letter, you mentioned an antifungal drug that is effective. Stick with it. It can require a month or more of treatment, and you should keep treating for one full week after all signs of it have gone. Other effective medicines are miconazole (Micatin) and clotrimazole (Lotrimin AF), both available without a prescription. If your current medicine or these medicines don’t make a dent, then you might have to go on prescription oral medicines. In that case, considerations of conditions that look like jock itch should be assessed, things like erythrasma, a bacterial skin infection, and psoriasis. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2011 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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If you’re of a certain age, the new year means you’re that much closer to a day you may have anticipated with a combination of humor and resignation — specifically, the day you’re eligible for Social Security. But just because you can take Social Security, it doesn’t mean you must take it. So, should you?

Before we get to that question, let’s review the basic rules governing Social Security payments. You can typically start collecting benefits at age 62, but you’ll get only about 75% of what you’d receive if you waited until your “full” retirement age, which varies according to your birth year but is most likely 66. You’ll get even bigger monthly checks if you delay collecting them until you’re past 66, and you’ll “max out” on your payments once you reach 70. So, the question boils down to this: Should you start collecting Social Security early — thereby receiving smaller, but more numerous, checks — or later, when your checks will be bigger but fewer? If you really need the money once you reach 62, you’ve already got your answer. But if you could potentially afford to wait, we recommend you view your decision through a LENS: L: Your projected lifespan —You can’t see into the future, but given your family history and general health, you can make an educated guess about your projected longevity. If you’re fairly confident that, once you reach 66, you’ve still got another two or more decades in front of you, you may want to consider delaying taking Social Security past age 62. E: Your employment status — If you’re under full retirement age — between 62 and 66 — then for every two dollars you earn over $14,640 (in 2012), you’ll lose one dollar in Social Security benefits. In the months before you reach your full retirement age, for every three dollars you earn over $38,880 (again, for 2012), you’ll lose one dollar in benefits. But starting in the month you reach your full retirement age, you can earn as much as you want without losing any benefits. N: Your need, including your other sources of retirement income — If you have a pension, or you’ve built substantial resources in your IRA, your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan, and you can support your income needs with modest withdrawals from these accounts, you might decide it’s worthwhile to delay taking Social Security to maximize your benefits. Remember that regardless of your Social Security decision, you typically would have to pay a 10% early withdrawal penalty if you started taking withdrawals from these accounts before you reach age 59½. S: Your spouse/marital status — If you’re single, you basically just need to think of yourself when making this decision. But it’s a different story if you’re married. If you die first, your spouse can keep receiving his or her own Social ...continued on next column

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When Should You Start Taking Social Security continued... Security benefit or receive yours — whichever is larger. Consequently, you and your spouse will want to coordinate when you take Social Security benefits so that you can maximize the benefit for the spouse likeliest to live longer. The choice of when to start taking Social Security can affect your lifestyle throughout your retirement years — so weigh all the factors and make the choice that’s right for you. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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¥ It was American essayist Logan Pearsall Smith who made the following sage observation: It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people. ¥ The word “avocado” is derived from a South American Indian word that means “testicle.” ¥ When the miniskirt was introduced to the world in the 1960s, the reaction was swift and often harsh. Women who wore them in the Malagasy Republic were sentenced to 10 days in jail. Congolese police arrested 300 women for wearing the new style, and Egyptian law branded the garment as indecent. In Caracas, Venezuela, the clergy got involved; churches admonished women to give up their minis or “be condemned to hell.” Perhaps the seeming overreaction wasn’t entirely unjustified, considering the effect the miniskirt had in some places. It was reported that two women wearing minis caused a two-hour traffic jam in downtown Cairo, and a 63-yearold man in Rio De Janeiro was sentenced to three days in jail after biting the legs of the miniskirt-clad woman seated next to him on a bus. ¥ The first animated color TV commercial was broadcast in 1949, and it was created by none other than venerable children’s book author Dr. Seuss. The ad was for the Ford Motor Company. ¥ Historians say that Abraham Lincoln had a shrill, high-pitched voice rather than the deep and sonorous tones we usually hear when the 16th president is portrayed in film and television. ¥ Those who study such things say that Americans’ favorite T-shirt color is white, followed by blue and black. *** Thought for the Day: “If you have an important point, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time -- a tremendous whack.” -- Winston Churchill (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Issue #490 Morris, an 82 yearold man, went to the doctor to get a physical. A few days later the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm. A couple of days later the doctor spoke to Morris and said, “You’re really doing great, aren’t you?” Morris replied, “Just doing what you said, Doc: ‘Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.’” The doctor said, “I didn’t say that. I said, ‘You’ve got a heart murmur. Be careful.’”

¥ “If you are serving a moist cake, preserve the outside pieces by securing a slice of bread to both cut surfaces with toothpicks. The cake will not dry out, meaning every slice is a winner!” -- Ethel B. in Salt Lake City ¥ To remove soot from your carpet, sprinkle it with salt, let sit and then vacuum. Repeat as many times as necessary to remove all traces. ¥ Got extra mittens? If you do, you’ll love this tip from Natalie H. of Portland, Maine: “This year, after unpacking the winter clothes for the season, I noticed I had several pairs of mittens without matches. I use them to dust around the house. They work perfectly.” ¥ Make doctor’s appointments on or near a major holiday every year. That way you don’t end up forgetting when your last annual exam or dental cleaning was. ¥ Fashion mavens suggest using the rule of threes when purchasing clothing: Do not buy an item if you haven’t got at least three other pieces of clothing that will go with it. Another helpful hint for clothes shoppers: Try and buy on separate trips. Go window shopping without your wallet to try on items, then go back the next day for purchasing. Odds are you might change your mind on several items when given the opportunity to think about it. Plus, you can feel free to have fun trying on clothing without the pressure of actually purchasing. ¥ If you store nail polish in the fridge, it will dry more quickly and last longer. Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or email JoAnn at (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

1. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: Which youth group’s slogan is “Learn by doing”? 2. TELEVISION: Who was the German commandant of Stalag 13 in TV’s “Hogan’s Heroes”? 3. U.S. GOVERNMENT: Which state did Harry Byrd represent in the U.S. Senate for 32 years? 4. INVENTORS: Who was the inventor of the first practical process of photography? 5. MYTHOLOGY: Who was the Greek goddess Persephone? 6. HISTORY: What did Jack Ruby, who killed JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, do for a living? 7. SPORTS: When was the Stanley Cup first awarded? 8. THEATER: Tennessee Williams won a Pulitizer Prize for which one of his plays in 1948? 9. GEOGRAPHY: The city of Cartagena, Spain, lies next to which body of water? 10. EXPLORERS: What was the nationality of polar explorer Roald Amundsen?

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Answers 1. 4-H 2. Col. Wilhelm Klink 3. Virginia 4. Louis Daguerre 5. Queen of the underworld 6. Ruby was a Dallas nightclub owner 7. 1893 8. “A Streetcar Named Desire” 9. Mediterranean Sea 10. Norweigan (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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